Philly Students ‘Strike’ in Support of Teachers
Posted by carldavidson on October 8, 2014
Beaver County Blue via Inquirer Staff
Last updated: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:39 AM
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:32 AM
Students from at least two Philadelphia public high schools are refusing to go to classes this morning to protest the cancellation of their teachers’ labor agreement.
"We’re striking because every single teacher in the districts benefits are at risk and being played with through politics," organizers said in a Facebook post.
Dozens of students protested outside the High School for Creative and Performing Arts on South Broad Street and the Science Leadership Academy at 55 N. 22d St. in Center City.
The School Reform Commission on Monday canceled the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in a move aimed at requiring the union’s members to contribute to their health care costs.
The action had the support of both Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter.
At CAPA, band members provided music for the protest.
Outside SLA, students were holding up hand made signs and beating drums in a buoyant, upbeat demonstration.
"This is why we’re striking," Ruby Anderson, 18, an SLA senior said as she offered information leaflets from Students4Teachers to passersby.
Throughout the morning, SLA students offered up a variety of chants, including: "SRC! Leave our teachers be!" and "Tom Corbett, shame on you! We deserve a future, too."
Striking students planned to remain outside the schools until noon, when the schools are to close for a scheduled half-day.